Swami and Friends

Sankar Character Analysis

Sankar is one of Swami’s friends from the Mission School, known as “the most brilliant boy of the class.” Swami admires Sankar’s intelligence and relies on him for guidance at school. Sankar eventually leaves Malgudi when his father is transferred to a new town, and although he writes to Rajam and his friends intend to reply, they fall out of touch after realizing that they don’t have Sankar’s new address.

Sankar Quotes in Swami and Friends

The Swami and Friends quotes below are all either spoken by Sankar or refer to Sankar. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Chicago Press edition of Swami and Friends published in 1980.
Chapter 6 Quotes

The company was greatly impressed. Rajam then invited everyone to come forward and say that they would have no more enemies. If Sankar said it, he would get a bound notebook; if Swaminathan said it, he would get a clockwork engine; if Somu said it, he would get a belt; and if Mani said it, he would get a nice pocket-knife; and the Pea would get a marvellous little pen.

Related Characters: Swami, Rajam, Mani, Somu, Sankar, “The Pea”
Page Number: 46
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Swaminathan reflected: suppose the Pea, Mani, Rajam and Sankar deserted him and occupied Second A? His father was right. And then his father drove home the point. ‘Suppose all your juniors in the Fifth Standard become your class-mates?’ Swami sat at decimals for half an hour.

Related Characters: Swami’s Father (speaker), Swami, Rajam, Mani, Sankar, “The Pea”
Page Number: 51
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Sankar Character Timeline in Swami and Friends

The timeline below shows where the character Sankar appears in Swami and Friends. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...is never punished. Swami is especially proud to be Mani’s friend. The third friend is Sankar, known as the smartest boy in class, and whom Swami greatly admires. Swami’s final close... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The Fluidity of Identity Theme Icon
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...“filled with contempt” at how small and unintelligent they are. Eventually he happily runs into Sankar, Somu, and the Pea, who he had thought were not at school. However, his three... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...on the blackboard. Swami’s whole class giggles at him and Swami slaps the Pea and Sankar in anger. The three begin to fight in earnest and they only stop when Somu... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...the way, Mani muses about the ways that he’d like to inflict violence on Somu, Sankar, and the Pea. When they arrive at Rajam’s house, Rajam peeks out but then closes... (full context)
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Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
When Swami and Mani open their eyes, they discover that Somu, Sankar, and the Pea are in the room with Rajam. Swami is embarrassed at his behavior... (full context)
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...Pea receives a fountain pen, Somu gets a new belt, Mani gets a new knife, Sankar receives a bound notebook, and Swami gets a green clockwork engine. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...question, and the classmate reveals that he wrote a full page. Swami tells Rajam and Sankar about the classmate and they reply that they wrote only half or three-quarters of a... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Swami realizes that his friendships with Somu, Sankar, and the Pea are not meaningful to him outside of school. His friendships with Mani... (full context)
Chapter 13
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The Fluidity of Identity Theme Icon
...friends there. Back at the Mission School, Somu was left behind after failing an exam, Sankar moved away after his father was transferred, and the Pea began school months late due... (full context)
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The postman arrives with a card for Rajam, which turns out to be from Sankar, who says that he is also playing cricket now. The three friends are excited to... (full context)